I know that the topic of jewelry careers has been touched on
before, but as a still very new hobbyist, I have many questions
on the types of careers one can obtain in the various related
You see - like most people, I am tired – very, very tired – of
the 9-5 grind. I am a freelance writer on the side, but it does
not pay well enough to quit my “real” job to support my new
interests and develop skills in the various jewelry fields.
I’ve only been making jewelry for the past year and a half, so I
am a relative infant. I set up a small bench in my home with
the helpful tips of so many of you (“barebones studio” thread),
but the time I spend at my bench are limited by a full-time job
and other responsibilites. I wish for a career change in the
worst way, and know that I will need to go back to school
part-time, probably at night and at weekends. Many facets
interest me - gemology, vintage jewelry, appraising, etc.
So I guess my question is – are there many professions that are
"freelance" or where one works as a “consultant”. Many of you
appear to have your own shops, and then many of you seem to
"freelance" for lack of a better word. To those of you who are
independent contracters - is your field considered lucrative?
or must you rely on a spouse or other who can supply the
finances for rent, etc., while you hone your craft? Do many of
you work as appraisers? Are you hired by shops, insurance
companies, or other? Is there a systematic way of getting into
a field? or is it more hit-or-miss with a plethora of variables?
I hope this doesn’t sound too rambling. I’m just in my weekly
Monday morning mindstate of “what am I doing here, how do I get
out, and how do I pursue what I enjoy, and still make a living
at it” mode.
There is an appraising and gemology certification course being
taught at the University of Tampa, I believe, (how I wish I
could take 3 months off and enroll). Since I cannot attend, any
on similar areas of study in the Northeast would be
helpful. Southern New York state, or other commutable distance
(Connecticut, New Jersey) would be especially helpful.
Thank you all for your collective wisdom.